1997 Sassicaia

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Dark ruby red. Blackberry, with lots of fresh herb and meat character. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and loads of fresh fruit and tarragon. Dill flavors on the finish. Textbook Sassicaia that grows in the mouth... Wine Spectator

Sokolin 1997 Sassicaia Tasting Notes:

Words fail to describe how heavenly the 1997 Sassicaia continues to be. It's a unique, compelling interpretation of pure Cabernet and a conversation piece that allows for hours upon hours of careful analysis. The dark ruby hue of the wine promises exceptional depth of flavor, concentration, and power - attributes that this lovely Sassicaia possesses in spades. It's a stunner in every way imaginable, and a glorious tribute to Tuscany's incredible culture and the sub-region's wonderful terroir.

As you take in the first whiff of the wine in your glass, powerful aromatic traces of lush blackberries and cassis make their presence known. On top of that, notes of sharp smoke, penetrating spices, and tasteful tarragon show up to the party, helping to form a cohesive, compelling bouquet that has a slightly soothing effect on the mind. It's vibrant and multi-dimensional, and these attributes carry over to the palate.

In your mouth, the wine is vivacious, bold, and concentrated, grabbing all of your attention within seconds. Its maturity shows in the almost endless textural complexities and aromatic subtleties that one could take days exploring. The tannins are firm and well-integrated, showing exceptional ripeness. The finish is everything you could hope it would be - long, generous, round, and utterly irresistible. The perfume lingers on for a while, beckoning you back for more, and who could resist a wine like this?

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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 1997
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country Italy: What are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Italy and Italian culture? There's one thing that nearly everyone tends to mention, it's the food - and where there's fine food, there is almost always fine wine. Italy is the most prolific wine region in the world, outclassing even France in terms of production quantity. Even if you're a complete wine novice, you have almost certainly heard of names such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most famous wine styles. When it comes to soil composition and other geographical characteristics, Italy offers a lot of diversity, and this never fails to show in the wines themselves.
Producer Sassicaia: The story of Sassicaia in the 1920s begins with Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, and his dream of creating a ‘thoroughbred' wine, that at the time, was no other than Bordeaux. As all Premier Cru vineyards, grapes are hand-picked and subjected to soft pressing and fermentation in steel at a controlled temperature of 30-31 °C. After steel malolactic fermentation, the wine is placed in French oak barrels, where it ages for at least a minimum of 2 years before being bottled. The wine is characterized by an intense and regal red color. When it comes to taste, a wide variety of red fruits provide a full-bodied taste, while soft tannins ensure a long-lasting finish. The overall balanced perfection in the tasting makes Sassicaia suitable for all special occasions.
Rating 94 WS
Region Tuscany: Italian culture worships the concept of a shared meal, and their wines scream for a chance to be uncorked with your friends and family. The region's Mediterranean climate and hilly landscape combine to create a beautiful viticultural environment, where every chosen grape is brought to its full potential and transmuted into drinks worthy of gods. The vineyards are planted along the higher reaches of the hill slopes, creating a gorgeous view of the Italian landscape. Once your lips kiss the wine, you're sent spiraling down a veritable whirlpool of pure flavor, touching upon notes of sensuous cherry, nuts, floral hints and undertones of honey and minerals. The wines can be as sweet as a fresh summer romance, and carry an air of dignity and elegance about them that can stimulate your intellect for months as you contemplate the seemingly infinite intricacies and details in the texture. Tuscany is an important part of Italian viticulture, and sampling their wines is the closest you can get to visiting this heavenly region and experiencing the culture.
Type of Wine Super Tuscans/IGT
Varietal Proprietary Blend: There's a level of mystery and intrigue when it comes to drinking a wine for which you're not fully informed about, and if that sounds like a thrilling idea to you, then you're probably already interested in proprietary blends. While the concept doesn't have a legal definition, it is used to describe blends whose components aren't disclosed by the producer. In many cases, the wine tends to be a Bordeaux-inspired blend, but this isn't always the case.
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